All The News That’s Fit To Print

There was an article in The Times the other day about the members of an ethnic group, the Archi,  who live in the Russian republic of Dagestan.  These are terrific names which would be great to use in an article about something that was actually newsworthy.  But that’s not the case here.  The article was essentially about the Archi’s love of telling jokes ( no joke!)–particularly ethnic ones.   The article included a photo of a group of older men standing around in the grayest looking place I’ve ever seen, supposedly telling jokes to one another.  Kind of a Friars club without the blazers or the Jews…..a very cold, dismal Friars club.   Without much effort, it’s easy to imagine hearing, “A Cossack,  Ivan the Terrible and Rasputin walk into a bar…..”.  In any event, I’m not sure what this was doing in The Times in the first place.  It’s not exactly a earth-shattering news story….actually, not news at all. 

I’ve noticed  these  (non)”news stories” appearing in the paper more and more lately…..almost as if there was a half-page that needed to be filled and there was a human interest piece lying around to fill the void.    An article with an extended shelf-life at the ready.  A couple of weeks ago, there was a story in The Times about a sub-culture of young people in New York City who have been following a diet which tries to replicate the lifestyle of prehistoric humans, i.e  a “caveman diet”.  One way they try to do this is by eating  large amounts of near raw meat followed by a period of fasting….this, in effort  to mimic the behavior of a caveman  hunting for  food, eating  the entire quarry and then, when hungry heading out again to hunt.  It’s clear this isn’t “hot-off-the-presses news”.  And,  I can’t help but feel that the only reason it made it to the paper was  because some writer at The Times had a friend…or a friend of a friend (twice removed) who heard about one or two people following this regimen.  That it’s not a movement at all, but really some anomalous activity that gets reported because someone happens to be in the right (or wrong) place at the right time.  But the article did get me thinking about the  lifestyle and diet these people have chosen.  It seems so odd  that they would adopt the diet of a group whose average life expectancy was about twenty-eight years.  I wonder if that would be news to them. 

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"Hungry yet?"


3 Responses to “All The News That’s Fit To Print”

  1. zachary mexico Says:

    I agree with this theory. Did you see the article on the “My Way” killings?

    Great reading, for sure. But you’ve got to doubt the veracity of stories like these, especially when you start looking at the fluffy quotes.


  2. iron(ic)man triathlon Says:

    can’t believe i missed that article. i myself, restict my singing to non-controversial topics– ‘twinkle, twinkle’ and maybe sometimes, if i’m feeling risky, ‘mydarlin’ clementine’.

    thanks for the info

  3. zachary mexico Says:

    Not even Chag Purim?

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